• Apr 22, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Dodge Challenger SE and R/T.

A "top company executive" has supposedly leaked pricing of the base Dodge Challenger to the Freep and the 250 hp, V6-equipped model could set pony car fanatics back $23,995. Although official pricing hasn't been disclosed for the full Challenger range, the SRT8 model is already carrying a $37,320 price tag, so pricing the base model somewhere south of $25,000 was expected. However, that puts the entry-level Challenger $4,000 above the V6 Ford Mustang, priced at $19,650. While we were hoping that the low-end Challenger would be closer to the $20k mark, if the $23,995 base price is to be believed, there's no doubt that we'll be seeing plenty of Dodge's new hotness populating the streets when it goes on sale later this year.



[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Both the Challenger and Camaro will cost more than the Mustang, but not substantially more. Either way there's going to be a load of SE and R/Ts roaming the streets, especially here in the Southwest. Chrysler has a hit on their hands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here that sound? That's everyone laughing at the people that said the $40k Challenger was way to much money for a "muscle car", even though it was the full tilt SRT8, and even though we tried to tell them the base model would be much cheaper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL Yeah what were they thinking? This two ton base model powered by a V6 sure proves them wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's a new 'challenger' for the butt-fugly crown. [pun intended.]
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol, i think we can tell that play on words was intended
      • 6 Years Ago
      $24k makes them good $$$$ and gives them room to put rebates on it when the Challenger isn't as special.

      Good move on their part.

      Wil
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a V6 Charger as a rental car for a time and my experience was similar to c who posted above.

      The V6 Challenger will be just fine for those who just want the style at an affordable price, just like the V6 300 and V6 Charger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      after the first year hooplah is done, i look forward to renting one of these V6 models at Thrifty...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the price difference will be an issue if dealers decide to mark the cars up. But you might see folks take the plunge anyway--the Challenger, being the newbie, will be more of a head turner than the Mustang once it finally bows.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Same here, I figure the only way I will spend more than a test drive in one of these is by renting... just to see how they really are...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Except finding a base Mustang GT on a dealer lot here in Phoenix is a rarity. Most of them are optioned up to around $30k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And you don't think the first Challengers (V6 or V8) aren't going to loaded with everything including the kitchen sink????? LOL

        PS I had no trouble finding my 06 Base GT
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler spokesman Stuart Schorr said final Challenger prices have not yet been set, and the ones Landry mentioned are "not in the current proposal." He added a final decision on pricing will be made in the next two months.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man...2 years ago, the exchange rate was 2:1 in the US' favour, now its 1:1...and this car suddenly looks insanely cheap.

      Hope they decide to expand their market outside of USDM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FORD said the Mustang didnt get IRS because it would add like 3k$ to the car. That's the main factor here. Challenger gets IRS = better handling, ride... of course the added weight counteracts that to some extent
        • 6 Years Ago
        You get the Gold Star. I was reading these posts and getting ready to say the same thing when I read yours. *IF* all you're concerned about is going fast cheap then get the Mustang, but if you want a car that has a better ride, a usable back seat, and a better interior, - in other words a daily driver - than pony up more $ for the Dodge. I don't see buyers for the V6 saying "it costs more but it doesn't go as fast" - not after they test drive it.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Frank at 1:52,

          Totally agreed. I like the Challenger a lot. I want that good backseat, good handling, good everything.

          But the fuel economy of the Challenger (not its base V6 power) is going to be the issue. On the current model Charger, 3.5 V6 (top fuel-efficient) gets 21 mpg, and the Mustang gets 19.

          But the Taurus 3.5 liter the Mustang's gonna get is rated at 22. The Taurus weighs around 500 lbs more than the Mustang. That means that by the time that 3.5 gets in a Mustang engine bay, it'll probably get 23 or 24 mpg AT LEAST.

          Unless the Challenger can lose 400 pounds, consumers are going to flock to the Mustang for the better image and so they don't have to put so much in at the pump. At least, I know I probably will. I know I can't be alone. Gas prices in Albuquerque @ $3.52/gallon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        this thing will come and go but the mustang will continue to outlast them all
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in R/T, Blue, Loaded with the 6MT, For under $35K
      Thank You!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll make sure I leave plenty of space behind you when sitting on the La Cienega hill turning onto Sunset :)

      • 6 Years Ago
      For $4,000 difference in price Dodge offers:

      1) IRS
      2) Lifetime powertrain warranty
      3) A 'unique' look to that of the Mustang (which our roads are super saturated with?)

      Those just off the top of my head. I think Challenger can be a contender for a muscle car alternative.

      Here's a question to people much smarter than me:

      If the Challenger (Talking about either SE or R/T) produces more HP/Torque although still weighs 500 pounds more...does it really make a difference for speed/acceleration?

      Are we talking about 2 seconds difference or just fractions? I guess I'm in the category that isn't that concerned with decimal points. Fast is still fast.
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